Australia; An international embarrassment.


Here the latest on our “Border Control Force” effort is stopping children from refugees being taken out of their camps by nuns.

“A program run by a group of Catholic nuns that took children in immigration detention on outings has been deemed “not appropriate” by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP), run by the Brigidine Sisters, took groups of children from the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) in Broadmeadows out into the community for supervised day trips.

Sister Brigid Arthur said the program had run for four years until it was stopped by Australian Border Force (ABF) “about six months ago”.

“[We’d] go to the Collingwood Children’s Farm, go to the zoo occasionally, out to adventure playgrounds,” Sister Brigid told 774 ABC Melbourne’s Jon Faine.

“Anything that actually can entertain the kids and give them some stimulation.”

The program also included occasional day trips for adults in immigration detention.

Sister Brigid said there were never any incidents or escape attempts on the outings.

“The outings were amazingly free from any incident. The people were so pleased to be out and about,” she said.

“Most of the kids don’t want to go with the officers, who are seen to be ‘security’ people.”

Children in detention ‘need stimulation’

Sister Brigid said children in particular become very bored when held in detention.

“Kids need a lot of stimulation,” she said.

Some would say it’s a form of torture to have [the children] cooped up.

Senator John Madigan

“Just having other kids to play with, having things to do that are outside the norm … it’s so absolutely important for the welfare of these kids.”

Sister Brigid said one little girl fell in love with a goat at the Collingwood Children’s Farm.

“That was a magical day. We’d gone to the Collingwood Children’s Farm and that little girl was very quiet.

“Then when we went around to different animals she was a bit excited, but when we got to the goat, she just loved that goat.

“She just fell in love with that goat.”

Sister Brigid said detention was starting to have a negative impact on the 17 children held at MITA.

She said she had talked to an “incredibly caring” parent of a three-year-old boy held in detention who was concerned at changes they were seeing in their child.

“We don’t know what to do with him, he just gets so angry these days,” she recalled the parent as saying.

Rules becoming ‘more draconian under guise of security’

Victorian senator John Madigan said his office had placed a call to Mr Dutton’s office “to seek clarification” on the status of the Brigidine Sisters’ project.

“I’m totally bewildered … as to what the hell is happening here,” Senator Madigan said.

He said he could not understand what problem could be with taking children out of the detention centre for excursions to places like the Collingwood Children’s Farm.

“Some would say it’s a form of torture to have them cooped up,” the senator said.

Sister Brigid said the rules at the detention centre were becoming “more draconian … under the guise of security”.

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20 Responses to “Australia; An international embarrassment.”

  1. hilarycustancegreen Says:



  2. gerard oosterman Says:

    Another interesting read from Aside


  3. Master of Something Yet Says:

    Whenever you think they can’t get any crueller, they prove you wrong. It’s sickening.

    Liked by 3 people

    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The refugees on Manus and Nauru are destined to follow the example of Guantanamo Bay and will simple rot away. They are advised to go back to Syria, Iraq or wherever they escaped from. And what then, will we bomb them?
      Cambodia was paid $ 40 million by this Government to take refugees from Manus and Nauru but so far only 3 people have taken on that opportunity. One of those returned to Iraq and reportedly got killed.


  4. berlioz1935 Says:

    This Border Force in their black uniforms (SS look-a-like) turn out to be a really nasty invention of Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton. If they are not patrolling Australians border in Collins Street they supervise traumatised children in case the shall kill goats or even people. They could do a lot of damage with a swing on a playground. What were those nuns thinking,

    Liked by 2 people

    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, when children are being kept in indefinite detention one has to ask where we have gone wrong? Yet, no matter how often the UN or UNHCR warns Australia they are acting outside international law, the politicians keep on thumping their noses at them.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Yvonne Says:

    Shame, Australia, for letting this happen.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. nonsmokingladybug Says:

    I wish I would have a solution and a home for all the refugees. I don’t know what to do

    Liked by 2 people

    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Australia has taken in many migrants from the past but politicians have taken to using refugees for political gain by ramping up fear of refugees. They have done so very successfully. Border Control Force in black uniforms hovering over us like something out of East Germany or the former Baltic states.
      We don’t even share any borders and are girthed by sea only.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. stuartbramhall Says:

    With all its flaws, I’m really happy I chose to settle in New Zealand. There was a time about 10 years ago I was looking at jobs in Australia.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Andrew Says:

    Maybe your politicians should get supervised excursions INTO the camps Gerard


  9. stuartbramhall Says:

    To be honest, Gerard, New Zealand is pretty xenophobic, but they make an effort to follow International Law.

    Liked by 1 person

    • berlioz1935 Says:

      This behaviour of the Australians seems very odd to me, as the people who live here all came here in search for a better life or are their descendants. Never mind the convicts.
      We are in now and we shut the gate behind us, this is the attitude. Very sad.

      Australians have no idea how large their country is. Climate change is another chapter. We are the biggest producer of CO2 per capita and tell the drowning Pacific nation to go to hell and keep treading water.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        The present PM Turnbull seems to continue with the previous PM Abbott’s policies. He still wans to continue with subsidies to the coal burning electricity power stations and punish solar and other alternatives with paying their export back into the grid with less and less.
        Finally, of course with the rapid progress being made in lowering the costs of alternative energy and the storage of it, will make poles and wire grids superfluous.

        Liked by 1 person

    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It is a race to the bottom but Australia is clearly the winner.


  10. elizabeth2560 Says:

    I am stunned!
    How embarrassing.


  11. Julia Lund Says:

    These children are already traumatised as a result of adults’ actions and decisions. Surely compassion and common sense say that keeping them locked up isn’t going to change that …


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